Sunday 21 October, 2012

Acts 1:6-11

6 So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. 10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

Most of us can probably relate to the disciples here – we would like God to reveal more details to us about His plans and His timing about things in our lives.

Jesus is clear here that it’s not God’s way to tell us all the times and dates of what He is doing. As much as we may like it to be the case, it’s obviously something we do not need to know.

He does, however, say that the Holy Spirit will give us the power to do what He has called us to do when we need it. Not all the details, but all the power we need.

Then the cloud hid Jesus from their sight and they stood there looking for Him.

Sometimes my view of what God is doing is veiled in clouds. It can cause me to stand still and wonder where God is and what He is doing. But just because I don’t have the full picture doesn’t mean that I should stand still.

My job is to get on with what I know to do and believe that God will give me the power to do it. Keep on walking forward and God will reveal the way as I need it. He has promised me the power of the Holy Spirit to enable me to fulfill His plans and purposes.

Lord, help me daily to walk in the power of Your Spirit and be listening to what you are calling me to do.

Written by Shelley Witt

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